Ancestry, Artefacts, Archives. These three words sum up what you'll find at North Ayrshire Heritage Centre. Whether you are researching your family history, interested in local history or enjoy museum exhibits they would welcome your visit if the museum were open. North Ayrshire Heritage Centre brings together all aspects of the area's rich history under one roof. Here you will find museum artefacts, a local history library, archives and a genealogy service. Items on permanent display include a 13th century carved stone sarcophagus, fossilised tree trunks, part of a stone celtic cross and a hand operated fire cart. There is also a programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Built in 1776, the former parish church in Saltcoats, houses our principal museum collection. With an artefact collection of local, regional and national importance, many objects are displayed on a permanent basis along with regularly changing temporary exhibitions. The collection includes: •a stone sarcophagus, thought to be one of the finest examples of Scottish medieval sculpture •archaeology •social, domestic, military and natural history •costume •fine art •the Ardrossan Burgh Fire Engine, built in 1866 and used during the First World War. The Centre provides resources for local and family history research. It is currently closed indefinitely.
Location : North Ayrshire Council, Heritage Centre, 13 Kirkgate, Saltcoats, Ayrshire KA21 5HB
Tickets : Free
Tel : 01294 464174